Elec­tion 2014

With a new elec­torate comes a new bat­tle­field. Much of the Kel­ston elec­torate lies in West Auck­land but it in­cludes a tiny cor­ner of Water­view too. Here’s a snap­shot of the new seat.

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Nine fresh con­tenders are jostling for the hot seat of Kel­ston. It was pro­posed in the 2013 bound­ary re­view and con­firmed in April. Its bound­aries pull to­gether more than 10 sub­urbs from four pre­vi­ous elec­torates.

The in­crease in pop­u­la­tion in the Auck­land re­gion in the 2013 cen­sus meant an ex­tra elec­torate was re­quired.

The Kel­ston elec­torate ex­tends from in­dus­trial Rose­bank in the north to parts of Ti­ti­rangi in the south. It stretches as far east as Avon­dale and Water­view.

Its vot­ers lie in ter­ri­tory cur­rently run by three Labour and one Na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Water­view used to be part of the Mt Al­bert elec­torate, a seat that has been held by Labour since 1946. In the 2011 elec­tion Labour’s David Shearer eas­ily re­tained his seat with 18,716 votes, giv­ing him a 10,021 majority. His clos­est ri­val was Na­tional’s Melissa Lee, with 8695 votes.

Parts of the new elec­torate (such as the sub­urb of Kel­ston) were for­merly in the New Lynn elec­torate. It’s another seat that has been held by Labour since 1963.

Other parts of the new elec­torate, such as the sub­urb of Glen­dene, were part of the Te Atatu elec­torate. It has been an almost com­pletely safe Labour seat since it was cre­ated in 1978.

The Waitakere elec­torate has been abol­ished this year and part of it sub­sumed into Kel­ston. Waitakere was won by Na­tional’s Paula Ben­nett in 2011 by a tiny mar­gin. The re­sult was too close to call. It was ini­tially thought to be Ben­nett’s win, then Sepu­loni’s by 11 votes, then fi­nally Ben­nett’s by just 9 votes after all spe­cial votes had been counted.

This elec­tion Sepu­loni is stand­ing in Kel­ston and Ben­nett is stand­ing in Up­per Har­bour.

As at Au­gust 17, 43,436 vot­ers were en­rolled in Kel­ston, out of a pos­si­ble 50,850. The 18-24 age bracket is the largest in Kel­ston with just un­der 5000 peo­ple en­rolled.

Ja­son Wool­ston, United Fu­ture

Roshni Sami, In­ter­net

Carmel Supu­loni, Labour

Paul Som­mer, Con­ser­va­tive

Jeff Lye, Le­galise Cannabis

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